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Beaver Queen Pageant

When: Sat., June 4, 4 p.m. 2016



The very idea of a pageant—beauty or otherwise—seems increasingly like a vestige of a male-gaze-y past that many wish to leave behind. All the better that the Triangle boasts the Beaver Queen Pageant, which provides needed financial sustenance to the Ellerbe Creek Watershed Association while celebrating the region at its most hair-down, tails-up casual. There's no swimsuit or eveningwear segment, and the talent portion consists solely of the skill to transform oneself into a beaver in drag and win over the judges by any means necessary—bribery encouraged. Now in its twelfth iteration, the festival's theme of "Dam! It's the '80s" seems to promise the sight of at least one human-size beaver augmented with epic shoulder pads and/or a mullet. With food trucks, the mellifluous DJ Frank Stasio as emcee, and free admission, this family-friendly event gives pageants a good name. —David Klein

DUKE PARK, DURHAM, 4 p.m., free,

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